At the end of the 19th Century and into the early 20th Century it was fashionable to wear a variety of accessories attached via a finger ring to a finger or from a bangle. The chains would then be draped elegantly across the hand to make a stylish statement. This style of wearing accessories was illustrated with fashion plates in my book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” – see a fashion plate of 1904 in one of the images. The chain is fashioned from snake-like flexible links which slide through the head of the snake – the head having two little raised eyes, and the tail is rigid with the end curved for attachment of a large swivel. The loop of the chain when fully open makes it easy to place over the hand and it can then be tightened up to catch onto a pair of protruding lugs to give a nice firm fit around the wrist. The swivel holds a gilt metal locket which has a decoratively engraved front with small birds and on the back an image of a crane. The locket is currently empty apart from a cardboard oval and is all ready for you to place your own photograph – one of a loved one, or other significant memento. The overall condition is very good for age. This is a fascinating item from a previous era and would be great fun to wear at a re-enactment or fancy dress occasion, or to add to a collection of unusual chatelaine pieces. Maximum length when worn length 11.5 ins (29.1cm). Length of locket 1.6 ins (4cm). Weight 46 grams. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $33.50 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
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